Sunday, December 4, 2011
Mitchell B-25 crash in 1953
Frank Goodship fonds. Item No. IHP9267-0712. Date 1953. b&w negative ; 6 x 6 cm. Photograph of a Royal Canadian Air Force plane crashed against a mountain with helicopter 9606 hovering over it. Research indicates it was a Mitchell B-25 Mk 3PT Ex USAF B-25J-30/32-NC serial number 44-31346 that crashed at Widgeon Lake, near Pitt Lake. Record ID 48257
Both photos from the New Westminster Archives
I have created a PDF file that contains pictures and newspaper articles from the time of the accident.
Download the 1130kb PDF, or view it using the Google viewer in Google docs. (No sign in needed)
Combat Report (1942)
Documentary short, nominated for an Oscar in 1943. Follows the crew of a Mitchell bomber from the 2nd Bombardment Group as they fight submarines. Signal Corps Film No 2.
And if you could find one to fly, you had better study this:
Pilot Training Manual For The Mitchell Bomber B-25 (1944)
A Panoramio user: fitafter4kids has posted some nice aerial photos of the crash site, the best yet :)
Please remember that this is a protected site, and Nothing is to be removed.
Five people lost their lives here: Ernest Dorph Thygesen, Jack Wayne McIntosh, Murray Donald Hill, Kirk Gerald McGinnis, and, Ian Martin De Witt.
Maps of the area
Maps that cover Burke-Pinecone Provincial Park, and surrounding areas. These maps are in 1: 50 000 scale, except for the geology maps.) These are all fast links to their Geoscan pages, from Natural Resources Canada, just click on “more”, which will open up a larger listing of options to the different map options, Geopdf are digitized pdf’s which allow you to customize the layers, and create your own maps. They all download in their own separate zip formatted folders, just open the folder and drag the map onto your desktop.
Vancouver North, Coquitlam, and Pitt Lake map Areas, British Columbia With Special Emphasis On the Evolution of the Plutonic Rocks; Roddick, J A. Geological Survey of Canada, Memoir 335, 1965, ; 276 pages.
( Three maps and three drawings are included in a zip file of the entire book.)
Port Coquitlam, BC , NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/7, (edition 7) 2009
Port Coquitlam, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/7, (edition 6) 2002
Geology Coquitlam, BC; Roddick, J A. Geological Survey of Canada, "A" Series Map 1153A , 1965
Pitt River, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/10, (edition 4) 2009
Pitt River, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/10, (edition 3) 2002
Geology Pitt Lake, Vancouver, East Half, BC; Roddick, J A; Armstrong, J E. Geological Survey of Canada, "A" Series Map 1151A , 1965
Mamquam Mountain, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/15, (edition 4) 2009
Mamquam Mountain, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/15, (edition 3) 2002
Stave River, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/9, (edition 5) 2009
Stave River, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/9, (edition 4) 2002
Glacier Lake, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/16, (edition 4) 2009
Glacier Lake, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/16, (edition 3) 2002
Squamish, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/11, (edition 4) 2009
Squamish, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/11, (edition 3) 2003
New Westminster, BC - Canada - United States of America, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/2, (edition 7) 2009
New Westminster, BC - United States, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/2, (edition 6) 2003
Pitt Lake legends videos
I personally do not believe in any of it, the Mitchell bomber site and the wreckage, should be left alone as a memorial to the crew who died there.
And a website devoted to putting to rest the myth of SlumachOne of a set of raw video about the curse of Slumach Item : MI-475 - Lost Mine - tape 18
original raw footage for "Curse of the Lost Gold Mine." Includes an interview with John F. H. Thompson, a geologist at UBC, who talks about the geology of Pitt Lake, shots of a map of Pitt Lake and Michael Collier plotting out a route on the map, also includes an interview with Mike Boileau, who has been looking into finding gold in the Pitt Lake area since 1979, he talks about the curse, the stories of Pitt Lake, and his own experiences at Pitt Lake.
This video is part of the Series S4 - Curse of the Lost Gold Mine series located at the Vancouver Archives.